Facing criminal charges can be an overwhelming and frightening experience. If you have been charged with a criminal offence, you need an experienced and dedicated criminal lawyer by your side. I have been practicing criminal law for twenty years in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. I offer a free consultation for my clients when I meet them for the first time. If you are facing criminal charges, take the first opportunity to call me.
In Canada, everyone is afforded certain rights by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms when they have been charged with a criminal offence. Make sure that you make the most of these rights by following these steps when you are charged or arrested:
What to do when you have been detained, arrested or charged over:
- Reasons for detention. A person arrested or detained must be advised without delay by the police of the reason for the arrest or detention.
- You do have the right to remain silent. Canadian law does not obligate you to discuss your charges with the police or otherwise answer any of their questions. When you are arrested and charged, the only thing you should say to the police is that you want to speak to your lawyer. Once you have had the opportunity to discuss your situation, your lawyer may advise you to answer questions, but do not give up your right to remain silent until your lawyer tells you to.
- You have the right to speak to a lawyer without delay. The police should advise you of this and give you access to a telephone and a phonebook. If they do not tell you this, tell them you would like to speak to a lawyer, and then call me. Further, they must not ask you any question or attempt to elicit any evidence from you until you have spoken with your lawyer, except in cases of impaired driving when you must submit to a breathalyzer unless you have a medical reason for refusing a breath sample.
- Make sure you answer all of your lawyer’s questions. When you call me for a consultation, I need to know as much as possible about your case before I can advise you properly. If you give me the information I need, we have the best chance of creating a favourable outcome for your situation.